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Fuel truck tips over, spilling 500 gallons of oil around house


A 2,000-gallon fuel truck slid on a Clarksville resident's driveway, tipped over and spilled one-fourth of its oil-tank capacity yesterday, county fire and rescue officials said.

The 350-foot spill was confined to the area around the house in the 11700 block of Bragdon Wood. The resident was not at home at the time, said Sgt. Robert Wiseman, of the fire and rescue team.

Five units responded to the incident at 2:35 p.m. and had controlled the oil flow by 2:57 p.m., he said.

Emergency officials, joined by workers from the Maryland Department of the Environment, were cleaning the site late yesterday afternoon with large booms and other absorbent materials, Sergeant Wiseman said.

Fire and rescue officials said the driver of the Griffith-Steuart tanker discovered he had the wrong address and began to back out the driveway when the truck started to slide. The truck's rear wheels hit an embankment along the narrow driveway and flipped on its side, leaking 500 gallons of oil.

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